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CLAYMORE Blu-ray BOX
・ノンテロップED:小坂りゆ『断罪の花 ~Guilty Sky~』TVサイズ
Not a very popular show and deserves more credit.
In my opinion the show would look even better on Bluray but the price takes a sudden spike, considering that even this regular version gets you by.
People have mentioned that this series seems to progress into boss battles, this is true, and a lot of the later battles are fought by previously unknown characters who I just couldn't care about.
The English dub isn't amazing, and Raki is the most annoying character in the history of television...seriously!..maybe switch to the Japanese track.
Overall it's worth watching. The animation is beautiful and though the story has a mixed pace, it' still better than a lot of anime.
As a product, this is just an inch thick plastic case with the two double sided hinged holders inside. It's held together well so far but it does feel a little flimsy.
Watched it nearly in a row. Universe and chara design are very interesting. The serie starts fair and the plot evolves cleverly.
Graphic and animation are very good, as well as music. Aside from very little drops of it, most of the characters and their behavior are not clichés at all, which is refreshing.
Mood is oppressing and filled with uneasyness yet not too much overdone in this direction anyway.
Of course, lot of depicted violence, blood and such, so not advised for all audience, but it's a clearly solid anime serie with its own soul and personnality.
If you like epic stories with good swordfights and fantasy, this one will fill your needs.
I love the soundtrack, the design and the palette that is used to describe certain scenes.
I don't necessarily agree with what some people say about character development, as I believe each character had it's own way of developing. I do believe that Raki was a strange kind of kid and although his story reminisces in some periods of the story with someone's story, he does get to be a little bit annoying. But every other character develops very nicely. I believe that even characters you don't see often, develop their stories and personalities in their own little way, by saying one line, meaningful enough for you not to need anything else.
It does have its fair amount of blood and gore and if you're not into that, then you will not like this series, but I believe that if you tend to like action stories and moreover action stories with girls, then this is definitely for you.
This review is presented with two individually headed sections (anime and product) so that you can skip to whatever is most relevant for you.
This is quite possibly my favourite anime series, alongside others such as Denpa Onna, Rosario + Vampire, Angel Beats, Haruhi Suzumiya, and K-on. That's just as a frame of reference to my general taste for anyone likeminded, though Claymore is admittedly not particularly similar to any of the aforementioned.
The art style is almost identical to the manga, and has a slightly pale/washed out colour palette, so don't expect rich vibrant colours like those in Angel Beats for example. This is not a detriment to Claymore however, as the style fits extremely well with the somewhat bleak tone of the story. In fact, once you've become drawn into the sadness of various character's lives and their unavoidable destinies, you wouldn't want the art style to be any other way. That said, the melancholic sadness running throughout Claymore is not overtly rammed down the viewers throat, but is a more subtle affair, for the more empathetic viewer to pick up on. The tone remains serious throughout, though there are a couple of bizarre moments which on paper must sound ridiculous, yet once you're engrossed in this world seem perfectly normal. A prime example being [Spoiler Alert, skip to next paragraph to avoid] when one character lends her severed arm to another, and it subsequently provides her with improved fighting ability - apparently retained in the arm!
Plot-wise, it becomes more intriguing the further into the story you go, and the character development along the way is very well crafted. A special mention on this would have to be the three episode section regarding Teresa; which although occurs quite early on, nevertheless remains a current theme throughout the rest of the series. This section alone for me is what made Claymore stand out as something special. I have never previously (or since) found myself initially disliking, then totally adoring a character so much after a mere three episodes.
My only criticism of the anime itself would be that some of the battles have a much longer duration than I think is necessary. However, I realise that I am an older viewer, and that younger people may prefer to watch lots of long fight sequences. Much in the same way as I used to love seeing car chases in films when I was young, but now instantly turn away from them, impatiently waiting to get back to the plot.
This section is really just worth reading by any fellow OCD sufferers or perfectionist collectors, so please ignore the following paragraph if you fall into the normal human being category. You can rest assured that the whole product is well made, nicely presented, and the discs themselves have good quality silk screen printing with clean precise edges on the text etc. Not only that but you get the entire 26 episodes in one box for such a low price, that it is undeniably worth the money (was approximately £10 when I purchased).
For the minority of perfectionists (like myself), I would still recommend it, but with the caveat that you are aware of and can accept the following first. As another reviewer has already helpfully highlighted on here, the box has a moving center segment/tray. Therefore you get three sections of two discs (2 inside front, 2 inside rear, and 2 on the extra center tray). This bothered the other reviewer I mentioned, but for me was not an issue as when closed it does not press directly on the other discs - which would have been my particular OCD concern (about anything contacting my discs). However, just note before buying that in order to keep the overall box size down, the layout of each two disc section involves a top disc overlapping its lower counterpart. They don't appear to touch each other (in mine at least), but the clearance between them is rather minimal. If you can accept that (which I could) then definitely buy it, as it's an absolute bargain!
I wont comment much on the plot ill just say its very good and has some nice twists, if i say more it will take away from the viewing experience. maybe its a personal prefrence thing but i liked watching it knowing absolutely nothing.
The action is very fast paced with a decent amount of gore, nothing that will make you cring and look away. There are a lot of nail biting edge of the seat moments, no character is guaranteed to make it out of a fight unharmed, you always get the sense that they could perrish at any moment which is very good, not something you see too often.
Someone stated in their review that the series lack character development which i think is 100% un-true, you learn enough about all the characters to care about their well being and mourn their loss.
The series would be perfect if it didnt leave you soo hungry for more, the story has a lot of room to continue. i hope they make more but knowing mad house who knows (still waiting for hellsing ultimate to be dubbed -.-)
It's a little silly in terms of how many decapitations happen in the series, but honestly...it was something believable in a fantasy world. The characters never over exaggerated their cause and were willing to die for the humans and perhaps their own humanity.
The only downside is the latter half of the plot, which brings into question what the Producer wanted to come out of the Arc...otherwise, the Action Scenes are superb, and the Claymore's cause was never in doubt. I recommend this very much.
This series in my opinion really engages you, it gets you involved with the charectors to the point where you start to feel sad and happy for them.
If you like dark anime, violent fight scenes and an emotional ride this anime is for you!! highly recommended!
I would like to point out however that on the fourth disc the Japanese audio track sounded really hollow on my copy. It wasn't terribly distracting but still annoying especially considering the other discs were fine
In sum, five stars for the series minus one star for the audio problems with four of the episodes.